Architects back suspension of Israelis from international union

Jewish Chronicle,  20 March 2014

British architects have backed calls to suspend Israeli counterparts from their international union. The Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba) passed a motion proposed by its former president Angela Brady on Wednesday. She had campaigned for the organisation to urge the International Union of Architects (IAU) to suspend members of the Israeli Association of United Architects (IAUA) until "illegal projects" in the West Bank cease.

Israeli architects work to maintain the illegal occupation
Ms Brady and her supporters said the Israeli union had repeatedly ignored an IAU resolution and had helped sustain settlement building...the Institute's full council voted by 23 to 16, with 10 abstentions, to adopt the policy.

Ms Brady said the outcome was "a positive result for a positive way forward". The Architects and Planners for Justice in Palestine group, led by campaigner Abe Hayeem, also supported her initiative.

Constructive Dialogue's Daniel Leon called the result hugely disappointing. He said his colleagues were considering their "ongoing membership of an organisation that might not want us as members".

Fuller article in Jewish Chronicle 20 March 2014



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